Mahindra Xylo crashes into tree on Mumbai-Goa highway killing 7 youths

The driver of the Mahindra Xylo lost control of the vehicle and rammed into a tree at the Khanu Village.

7 youngsters were killed while 1 was seriously injured in an accident on the Mumbai-Goa Highway on Wednesday. The accident occurred at 7.30 am on Wednesday morning as the youths were travelling from Mumbai to Sindhudurg district. The driver apparently lost control of the SUV and rammed into a tree near the Khanu village in which 7 occupants died on the spot while 1 person is admitted into the Ratnagiri Civil Hospital and is said to be in a critical condition.

The dead youths are all residents of Shivaji Nagar in Vile Parle, Andheri, Malad and Mulund. They have been identified as Sachin Sawant, Prashant Gurav, Akshay Kerkar, Nihal Kotian, Kedar Todankar, Vaibhav Manve and Mayur Belekar while Abhishek Kamble is the sole surviver.

Akshay Kerkar had purchased a second hand car less than 6 months ago. He was not willing to go on this trip but relented after being persuaded by his friends. The dead bodies reached Mumbai on Thursday.

The accident occurred at the point of the highway which is only 60 ft wide and has an additional 6 feet of service lanes. Since margin of error is low at this point, there is no railing in position causing the car to go crashing into a tree 6 feet down a slope.

The Mumbai-Goa Highway NH-66 has been known as a Killer Highway for the large number of accidents that have taken place on this stretch. Each year over 1,000 accidents take place on this very highway which is the deadliest in the state while requests and proposals to widen this stretch and make it safe is on the cards but could take another 4 years at least